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October 14
2013

Simran Joshi
India

Question

When someone wrongs us obviously but doesn’t realize, and w feel hurt, what is the best way to make the person realize his or her mistake?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Joshi,

This is an interesting question because it can be looked at from many angles. Swami has often said that it is best to wait to talk to someone about their unknowing hurtful actions until it is the right time to do so. In fact, he has waited sometimes for many years to give advice. If you confront someone right away when they are unprepared, they will not hear with their inner being what is being said nor how to incorporated it into a reality for themselves. Unless they understand in a deep way what the problem is, they won’t be able to change. And you will have developed an enemy.

Sameera
India

Question

Hi Gyandev,

Thanks for your answer. I had once said someone that alcohol is a strict “No” for spiritual progress. The man asked me, there are people who have tea-coffee and yet are spiritual, despite tea-coffee being addictive. Even people who have alcohol under control are good and harmless. So why is alcohol a strict no-no, while tea and coffee are still permissible? I had no answer. Can you tell me the reason?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

The point here is not only about addiction; it is about the direction of consciousness, the direction of awareness. (Physical health is in the picture, too, but let’s focus on the spiritual aspect.)

Spirituality is about higher states of awareness, whereas alcohol leads invariably to a lower state of awareness. People say, “Oh, it makes me relaxed.” Yes, it can, but that relaxation is downward toward subconsciousness. A spiritual seeker, however, wants only upward relaxation, toward superconsciousness. Spiritually speaking, there is nothing positive to say about alcohol, only negative.

Akshaya
India

Question

Someone had once asked if we should keep praying for something even if it is not granted immediately. The website on Biblical teachings had answered, “YES”. They said no prayer ever goes unanswered. Even if God thinks what we want is not in our favor, we should keep praying because 1) It is God’s command that we should pray, and 2) We should keep praying for that thing till on day we find that we no longer want that thing. Is it true that no prayer ever goes unanswered?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

Well — it all depends on what you are praying for... Prosperity? Health? A happy marriage? Then yes, you should pray for these things, but also do the affirmations and inner work to achieve them. But also love God throughout the whole journey and process, and over time you may even adjust your view of what you want in life... Yes, prosperity is a good thing so you can take care of your needs and responsibilities, but even more so that you may bless others. Do not lose your peace seeking after riches, but expand your joy by sharing with others.

September 30
2013

Akshaya
India

Question

Do prayers always work? There is so much evil round in the environment and we get affected and end up with no choice but receiving a lot of negativism from the environment. After all, not all are lucky to be in the company of very positive people and saints all the time. If certain situations or people drain us, will prayer help us to deal with it? Don’t think always, though the Bible says that prayers never go unanswered.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

Well — some people would say that the short answer is “No” — or else they would have won the lottery! Okay, seriously, Paramhansa Yogananda said that God hears and answers all prayers — but restless ones only a little bit. He also said that “Environment is stronger than willpower,” so please do what you can to improve your own inner environment, at least. Take hold of your thoughts and feelings, and learn to lift them upwards toward the point between the eyebrows. This video and affirmation will help you to lift your energy almost immediately.

Nina
India

Question

Dear Puru Sir

Thank you for your answer on “Can Visualization Change Reality?"

The problem is how do we know which choice to make and whether a particular choice will give us permanent peace and happiness? Very often when we make a choice, we think it is right,but it doesn’t yield a positive result.

Again our elders may advise us something but our heart might not be ready to accept it. At times we may be happy but probably at the cost of hurting someone else. So many dilemmas!!!Pls help!!

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nina,

Your question is a very important one. Everyone faces the question of how to make the right decisions in his or her life. Since I do not the particular decision you face I can only be general in my answer, but there are several ways to try to find your answer:

Nina
India

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Namashkar! How does one visualize that one is in perfect health, abundance and wisdom, as is advised, if in reality one is not?

One might be a child of God, but may lack wisdom, or be born in a poor house with cancer or weak nerves. So how does one take care of it? Can visualization change reality?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Nina,

This is an excellent question and one that is often asked. The simple answer is an emphatic, yes! The reality around you, including your own body, constantly conforms to your own visualization of reality.

The more complicated answer is, yes, but in order to change your reality you have to overcome your deep seated commitment to your current, largely subconscious, visualization that is creating your present reality. It can be done, and the sooner you start, the sooner you will see changes in your life. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results.

September 5
2013

Nina
India

Question

Namashkar!

I am currently reading Karma and Reincarnation. In one of the chapters, Yoganandji has described how to get in touch with departed souls whom we have been unable to forget. Is that method applicable also for our friends and near ones who are still alive but we are not in touch with? How is that method different from telepathy and what are the other ways to communicate to them that we remember them and regard them through the ether?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nina,

On reading the pages in Karma and Reincarnation it does not mention contacting those in their bodies, but I don’t think that means you cannot do so with the techniques Yogananda has described. You will read in the Autobiography of a Yogi many instances of this type of telepathy between the masters.

shivam
india

Question

I want to know what type of experience we have in samadhi. Can we get a vision of our favorite deity? I am confused about what we have to do to get a vision during samadhi.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Shivam,

I can think of no better description of the experience of samadhi than that which appears in a chapter in Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi entitled, “An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness.” Yogananda told his disciples to read his poem, “Samadhi” (which you will find in this same chapter) everyday with deep attention. It is exceptionally rare that a fully realized master describes his experience in such detail.

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